A COHERENCE THEORY OF TRUTH IN ETHICS
ABSTRACT. Quine argues, in ''On the Nature of Moral Values'' that a
coherence theory of truth is the ''lot of ethics''. In this paper, I do a bit of
work from within Quinean theory. Specifically, I explore precisely what a
coherence theory of truth in ethics might look like and what it might imply
for the study of normative value theory generally. The first section of the
paper is dedicated to the exposition of a formally correct coherence truth
predicate, the possibility of which has been the subject of some skepticism.
In the final two sections of the paper, I claim that a coherence theory in
ethics does not reduce the practice of moral inquiry to absurdity, in practice
as well as in principle.
A Coherence Theory of Truth in Ethics
In 1978, Quine published the following cryptic remarks:
Disagreements on moral matters can arise at home, and even within oneself.